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Colorful Auto Dealer Tex Earnhardt Dies In Arizona At Age 89

PHOENIX (AP) — Tex Earnhardt, a colorful automobile dealer who got his first franchise at age 20 and eventually had 23 dealerships in metro Phoenix and the Las Vegas area, has died age 89.

Earnhardt Auto Centers announced the death on the company's website Sunday. The cause of death wasn't immediately released. Earnhardt moved from rural Texas to the Phoenix suburb of Chandler as a teenager where he worked at his family's gas station.

In 1951, he became the youngest person to receive a Ford franchise just shy of his 21st birthday. 

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Earnhardt was famous for his TV commercials that showed him in cowboy attire atop a bull as he talked about a great deal on his autos and then delivered his trademark slogan of "and that ain't no bull."